Unit 2: Getting Down to the Basics

2 Introduction

This unit is concerned with numbers, in particular how to write and understand them. We will also look at how you can work with numbers to make it easier to make quick calculations in your head or on paper.

The unit will also focus on strategies you can use when reading and getting used to the language of mathematics. (Yes, math is a language!) So let’s approach learning math as learning a new language—a brand new way to communicate your ideas and thoughts, and to share those with your friends and other people.

Practice Quiz

To check your understanding of place value and rounding of numbers before you start, give the Unit 2 pre quiz a try, then use the feedback to help you plan your study.

The quiz does not check all the topics in the unit, but it should give you some idea of the areas you may need to spend most time on. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you get some or even all of the questions wrong—it just indicates how much time you may need for this unit!

Click here for the pre quiz. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

2.0.1 What to Expect in this Unit